Write a letter of rejection to your past self, explaining why you needed to go through the rough patches that complicated your life the past few years to grow as a writer.
You've been playing Scrabble with an anonymous person online. After some Internet chatting, you realize that the two of you live in the same town and decide to meet at a local pub. What you didn't expect was to fall in love.
You receive a letter in the mail from an out-of-town relative asking you to drop everything and meet him in Boston ASAP. He doesn't say why, but signs off on the letter (just above his name) with the phrase: "Treasure awaits."
You come across a pack of matches that sets off a series of uncanny events. Start your story with “My mother always told me not to play with fire.” End it with “And that’s how I ended up in the middle of nowhere—naked.” Post your response (500 words or fewer) in the comments below.
You received a call from your alma mater and they want you to be the keynote speaker at graduation. Write a speech that inspires the future generation to work toward their dreams.
You had planned to attend a friend’s birthday party and plugged her address into your GPS system, but the system guided you to somewhere else. Oddly enough, there was a man waiting for you at this mysterious place. “Sorry I had to rig your GPS, but this is urgent,” said the person. Post your...
Your kids have spent years asking you to get them a dog. You finally break down and get one, only to discover that this dog talks—but only to you. More interestingly, the dog loves to gossip about your kids and their lives. Write a scene where ...
You’re out at restaurant and bump into a childhood bully who used to steal your lunch money. Confront the bully and give him or her a piece of your mind. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.
You get into work and find that your boss has left a voicemail message on your phone. The message is urgent. Though, what’s peculiar is that the message is not work related. Write this scene. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.
Write a 10-word sentence that sums up your day. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.
What was your favorite book as a kid? Recount the way it made you feel when you read it. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.
The ultrasound come in and it turns out you and your spouse are having twins. Write the scene where you tell your family, especially your mother who for years has jokingly asked you to have twins. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.
On the 10th anniversary of your college graduation, you and your closest college friends decide to return to campus for a weekend to relive your “glory days.” Things go awry, though, when late in the evening one of your friends runs into an ex-girlfriend. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments...
After living for years paycheck to paycheck, a windfall of money comes your way from a distant uncle. But in order to receive the money, you must complete a mission from your uncle’s will. What’s the mission and did you do it? Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.
Someone who you are extremely close to unexpectedly dies. Write that person a letter explaining what you will miss most about him or her. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.
Mother’s Day is over and you’ve just finished a nice dinner with your mom when you receive a phone call. An unfamiliar female voice is on the other end and says, “Stop celebrating with her! I’m your real mother.” Write this scene. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.
Write a story from the point of view of an apple, sitting in a fruit basket on your kitchen counter, observing life around it. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.
Use the words from your favorite song (or the song that is stuck in your head), mix them up and write a short short story using every word. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.
You are out partying with friends when one slips something into your drink. The next thing you know, it’s the morning and you don’t remember anything—though you have a collection of mysterious items surrounding you and you have a new tattoo. Your friend stops by and explains, much to your surprise, what happened. Post...
Finish this sentence: As a writer, I will consider myself successful when … Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.
One day you come into work and find a cookie mysteriously placed on your desk. Grateful to whoever left this anonymous cookie, you eat it. The next morning you come in and find another cookie. This continues for months until one day a different object is left–and this time there’s a note. Post your...
One morning you are sitting in front of your computer working on your novel when, suddenly, the computer starts talking to you. What does it say? Does it deliver an important message or just want to chat? Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.
You are in the operating room and are slowly being put under to have your gall bladder removed. Just as you are dosing off, you notice the doctor entering the room isn’t the doctor scheduled to operate on you. When you awake, your gall bladder is still there, but something else about you has...
You always look out the dark windows and wonder if something is out there. One night when you look, a small face with bright eyes appears at the window. Write about what you do, who/what it is, and why they are there. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.
Finish this sentence: The best part about writing fiction is … Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.